|Carter: 22 HRs|
Chris Carter singled, doubled and homered in four at-bats, stole a base, scored three times and drove in two runs, leading the Astros to their second straight win over Toronto.
Carter's home run was his 22nd, tying him with Detroit's Victor Martinez for 8th place in the AL long ball department.
Toronto opened with a 6-5 win on Thursday in Houston, but has dropped the last two, losing, 3-1, on Friday and currently trails Baltimore by 2 1/2 games.
The series ends Sunday afternoon. Game time at Minute Maid Park is 2:10 pm EDT.
|Rendon: 3-5, 4RBI|
Having lost the first two games of their home series hosting the Phillies, the Nats weren't exactly looking like division leaders until Zimmermann took the mound, giving up five hits without a walk and striking out eight. The Nationals scored all of their runs in the first four innings, so stretching Zimmermann (7-5) past seven innings and 97 pitches (71 for strikes) was pointless.
Rendon hammered a three-run homer in the second inning off Philly starter, A.J. Burnett, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings. Not satisfied, Rendon doubled and singled, finishing 3-for-5, with four RBI, a stolen base and a pair of runs.
Washington will try to salvage a tie in the four-game series on Sunday at 1:35 pm EDT.